A true "intersection" of Arab women's texts that challenges and rewrites the traditional boundaries of nation, gender, and community. This rigorously documented collection brings together for the first time original essays by leading authorities in the field on nine contemporary Arab women novelists from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. The work focuses on texts available in English translation and explores with great theoretical sophistication the relationship of these authors' texts to contemporary phenomena of feminism, nationalism, post-colonialism, war, transnationalism, and societal change.
Lisa Suhair Majaj is an independent scholar and writer and coeditor of Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers and Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist. Paula W. Sunderman is associate professor emerita of English at Mississippi State University and publishes in women's studies and in stylistics. Therese Saliba is on the faculty of Third World Feminist Studies at Evergreen State College, Washington, and is coeditor of Gender, Politics, and Islam.
"Modernist Arab Women Writers: A Historical Overview," Salma Khadra Jayyusi; "Framing Nawal El Saadawi: Arab Feminism in a Transnational World," Amal Amireh; "Reenvisioning National Community in Salwa Bakr's The Golden Chariot," Magda al-Noweihi; "The Sixth Day of Compassion: The Impossible Communities of Life Toward Death," Mary Layoun; "Partitions and Precedents: Sahar Khalifeh and Palestinian Political Geography," Barbara Harlow; "A Country Beyond Reach: Liana Badr's Writings of the Palestinian Diaspora," Therese Saliba; "Strategic Androgyny: Passing as Masculine in Barakat's Stone of Laughter," Mona Fayad; "The Fourth Language: Subaltern Expression in Djebar's Fantasia," Nada Elia; "Voice, Representation and Resistance: Etel Adnan's Sitt Marie Rose," Lisa Suhair Majaj; "Hanan al-Shaykh's Hikayat Zahra: A Counter-Narrative and a Counter-History," Sabah Ghandour.
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